Senior Liaison Officer [Temporary]
United Nations
BOGOTA
hace 4 días

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Office of the SRSG within the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. The Senior Liaison Officer will report to the SRSG.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Liaison Officer will be responsible for the following duties :

  • Formulates political affairs strategies; develops a vision or direction for political work;
  • Proposes policy advice and plans of action for immediate and long range solutions to political problems
  • Monitors and analyses peace talks and negotiations between the government and guerrilla groups.
  • Provides specialist political and advocacy advice to the SRSG in the progress of the peace agreements between the government and guerrilla groups
  • Identifies emerging political issues pertaining to the mandate of the Mission, analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible political strategies and measures.
  • Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the SRSG, DSRSG and Director of Verification
  • Designs political initiatives; advises on and participates in the negotiation to establish relationships and develops guidelines, terms of reference and advocacy plans
  • Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of political issues
  • Represents mission at round tables, seminars and conferences of a political nature
  • Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Work implies frequent interaction with the following :

    Senior Mission staff and Heads of Office

    Verification and Liaison Team

    Counterpart desk officers in DPA

    Government Officials and representatives

    Representatives from communities, woman’s groups and special interest groups

    Results Expected :

    Provides authoritative advice and counsel to senior Mission staff, national and international officials to develop strategies for dealing with the political and social causes of conflicts on a long term and large-

    scale basis to help resolve and prevent recurrence of conflicts ensuring input from a wide spectrum of concerned parties, including women and women’s groups.

    Competencies

  • Professionalism Ability to evaluate political situations in area of assignment. Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels.
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
  • remains calm in stressful situations.

  • Communication : Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;
  • demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

  • Accountability : Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
  • operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments;
  • takes personal responsibility for his / her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

  • Creativity : Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs;
  • promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks outside the box ;
  • takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

    Managerial Competencies

  • Building Trust : Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way;
  • operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others;
  • follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

    Education

    Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related field is required.

    A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.

    Experience of the peace process in Colombia is highly desirable. Experience working in Latin America and in providing advice to Senior UN officials is desirable.

    Languages

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish (both oral and written) is required.

    Assessment

    Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

  • This position is temporarily available. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  • This temporary job opening may be limited to internal candidates, who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.
  • 16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.
  • Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement.
  • Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions;
  • and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-

    effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

    United Nations Considerations

    According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

    Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.

    The term sexual exploitation means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.

    The term sexual abuse means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

    Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.

    The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-

    link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

    Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.

    No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11 : 59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

    No Fee

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING).

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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